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  • Mardon Skipper Promo

    Mardon Skippers

    Small and seldom seen, the Mardon skipper is having a tough time hanging on in Washington. Conboy Lake NWR is one of its last strongholds.

    Mardon Skipper

  • Elk In Aspen Promo

    Rocky Mountain Elk

    Massive antlers, bodies weighing up to 700 pounds, shaggy manes, distinctive calls—it's no wonder everyone loves elk.

    Rocky Mountain Elk

  • Sandhill Cranes Promo 2

    Sandhill Cranes

    Wolves and geese notwithstanding, the call of a Sandhill crane is the call of the wild.

    Sandhill Cranes

  • Western Gray Squirrel Promo

    Western Gray Squirrel

    However you might feel about squirrels—love 'em, hate 'em—the fact remains this is a species that needs our help.

    Western Gray Squirrel

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Watching Wildlife

Deer Illustration

Want to see more animals on your trip to Conboy Lake National Wildlife Refuge? Here are some tips from the "experts."

Watching Wildlife

About the Complex

Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuges

The Mid-Columbia River Refuges are eight refuges within the Columbia Basin.

Conboy Lake is managed as part of the Mid-Columbia River National Wildlife Refuges.

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About the NWRS

National Wildlife Refuge System

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The National Wildlife Refuge System, within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, manages a national network of lands and waters set aside to conserve America’s fish, wildlife, and plants.

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Enjoying Conboy Lake

  • Spring

    Spring Frog

    Spring is the perfect time to visit Conboy Lake. The weather might not always cooperate, but there of plenty of things to see. The Sandhill cranes arrive in early March, and it's the best time to see their courtship dances and hear their trumpeting call. Pacific chorus frogs begin their raucous calling, particularly in the evening and at night. In April, the number of elk in the area peaks around 300. They are hard to miss! Camas and buttercup begin to bloom in May, creating blankets of blue and yellow. It is also a good time to see migratory songbirds as they pass through, and maybe even catch a glimpse of great horned owl youngsters.

  • Whitcomb-Cole Hewn Log House

    Hewn Log House

    One of the first things you may notice on your arrival at Conboy Lake is the historic cabin located near the visitor’s center. Built in the 1890’s this house is one of the last pioneer log homes still standing in Klickitat County. Visitors can wander through its empty rooms and picture how life was for the early settlers of the Camas Prairie. Take a minute to read the poem on the wall that was written last year by one of our volunteers.

    Cultural Resources
Page Photo Credits — Elk Herd - Lisa Wilson, Mardon Skipper Butterfly - Stefan Flores, Oregon Spotted Frog - Gary Nafis, Elk in Aspen - Pam Morris, Sandhill Crane - Marvin De Jong, Western Gray Squirrel - Alan & Elaine Wilson, Sandhill Crane Colt - Dan Irizarry, Whitcomb-Cole Hewn Log House - Chuck and Grace Bartlett 
Last Updated: May 26, 2015

Events

  • 2015 Events Calendar

    Snowy Owl - EventsJanuary 01, 2015

    We've summarized our of events for you in PDF format. Things do change, so please look at the event details in the calendar.

    2015 Events Calendar (PDF)
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